Crafting the Beginning

I am now caught in the infinite loop of the first chapter. I have this habit of browsing books by reading their first line, because I place so much importance on how a story opens. After having taken my first stab at the first chapter, I am, as is to be expected, disgusted with it. Expositionally, it does everything I need it to. Characters are being established. Plots and sub-plots are being set up. A world is unfolding. And yet, having read it out loud once, I find it flat. Suspense is lacking. And although, I realize that suspense is coming in the next chapter, I don’t think it’s soon enough. So I’m setting about revising. As of now, I’ve invented a new character to provide a foil (for both the main character and for the world), and I’m altering the professions of the protagonist and his friend. I’m also considering putting the main character in jeopardy somehow. Needs more thought. There’s more to be done, but I’m feeling better about it.  Until, I’ve written it, and then, of course, I’m sure I’ll need to scrap it again.

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3 thoughts on “Crafting the Beginning

  1. griff says:

    I think this is true for graphic design as well. The magic number always seems to be around the eighth try. Why can’t we just skip right to the 8th try?

  2. miker says:

    If you’re not happy how do you know you’re at the end of the chapter? Maybe you just picked an arbitrary spot to stop writing and start revising.

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